Majority supports silo art project

SIMPLY STUNNING: This silo artwork was completed in Thallon in July. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA
SIMPLY STUNNING: This silo artwork was completed in Thallon in July. Photo: FAIRFAX MEDIA

Wellington residents have thrown their support behind Rotary’s push to bring silo art to the town, as indicated in a survey conducted by the Wellington Times. 

The online survey published in August revealed 96.47 per cent of voters were in support of the project.

Of the 283 people who voted, only 2.12 per cent opposed the idea and 1.41 per cent said they didn’t care.

It was a welcomed result for members of the Rotary Club of Wellington who made their involvement in the project public on August 7.

Driver behind the project, Rotarian Michael White, said while a meeting scheduled by Rotary was postponed last week, their plan to push for a solo art tourist attraction in the town is still moving ahead. He said the project will be picked-up again following this weekend's festival. 

“It’s still on the cards, there’s still work happening behind the scenes and we’re talking to various bodies that are involved,” Mr White said.

“Members are currently fact-finding, talking to potential artists about artwork and liaising with various people involved.

“We are putting together a portfolio to determine the costs associated with bringing silo art to Wellington.”

Mr White said there is a lot involved in conducting a silo art project, as recently demonstrated at Thallon in Queensland where it took 500 litres of paint and 500 spray cans to complete the murals.

“What they told me at Thallon is they were two years from when they first started to when it came to fruition,” he said.

“But it’s bringing people to their towns, there are people doing eastern Australia following the silo art trial.”

Brim in Victoria also jumped on the silo art bandwagon this year which has seen a major increase to the town’s tourism numbers.

Mr White believes silo art would have the same affect on Wellington.

“If there’s something to make people stop, they’ll pull up and have a meal, a coffee, look at other attractions while they’re there,” he said.

“Travellers come through here on their migration from Victoria to Queensland every winter, it’s the perfect spot for it.” 

Rotary will have a progress report when members meet again and will delegate various aspects of the project across the club in a move to bring the project to fruition.